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ACOs to stay in shared-savings program despite downside risk

ACOs to stay in shared-savings program despite downside risk

By Virgil Dickson  |  October 17, 2018

Nearly half of accountable care organizations surveyed said they now intend to stay in the Medicare Shared Savings Program even though they could be facing downside risk soon, a change of heart from previous surveys.

Next Gen ACOs form coalition to push for model changes

Next Gen ACOs form coalition to push for model changes

By Maria Castellucci  |  September 20, 2018

Twenty-nine Next Generation ACOs have formed a coalition to advocate for changes to that CMS model, which they argue deters long-term financial sustainability in the program.

CMS underestimated Medicare ACOs' savings

CMS underestimated Medicare ACOs' savings

By Maria Castellucci  |  September 11, 2018

The Medicare Shared Savings Program generated $1.84 billion in savings over three years, which is nearly twice the savings CMS data show, according to a new study commissioned by the National Association of ACOs.

Editorial: Payment reform tests positive

Editorial: Payment reform tests positive

By Merrill Goozner  |  September 07, 2018

New analyses of the major payment reforms begun during the Obama years suggest they do in fact lower healthcare spending. While the savings are small, they provide a strong argument for HHS Secretary Alex Azar to step up the pace of value-based reimbursement reform.

Medicare ACOs saved CMS $314 million in 2017

Medicare ACOs saved CMS $314 million in 2017

By Maria Castellucci and Virgil Dickson  |  August 30, 2018

The 472 Medicare ACOs generated a total of $1.1 billion in savings in 2017, allowing the CMS to make a $313.7 million gain from the program after dishing out bonuses. The savings come as the CMS looks to overhaul the program.

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